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A little word from our General Manager - Michael Obray on reopening following Covid-19

 

It goes without saying Covid 19 has posed exceptional challenges to all in many ways.  It has certainly hit a lot of industries worldwide hard and none more so than our wonderfully diverse hospitality industry. 

We thrive on providing a service to our guests, so the lock-down has impacted our lives more than just financially.  To be honest we really miss our guests a lot and this imposed closure of businesses has made us realise how much we love being in the service industry and pleasing guests and we are chomping at the bit to welcome them back.

So, in our eagerness to get back to the “new normal” at the hotel we have set an opening date to give us something positive to focus on.  We anticipate mid-July but we will announce this in due course once announcements have been made and we know what safety restrictions will be advised by Public Health England. 

However, at the KHH we are possibly more fortunate than some in so far as we have a fantastic range and diversity of catering spaces throughout the hotel that would lend themselves to social distancing dining and hotel stays.  These include our outdoor roof terrace, new courtyard, our two restaurants and 5 separate events spaces and private dining areas.  This will allow us the freedom of space to offer safe private dining as well as safe space restaurant dining. 

We have been working on safer ways to interact with our guests and to ensure safety of staff and guests remain a priority as we emerge into a new era of hospitality operations.  Infused with a good dollop of common sense and with the support of Bespoke Hotels Health and Safety experts we have clear and concise operational guidelines for each department when reopening the hotel.  These encompass all aspects of our daily operations including bedrooms, restaurants, room service and family or private dining.

In addition to the important safety considerations Executive Chef of KHH and MBB Brasserie, Ethan Rodgers has been putting together new menus to diversify our food offering to suit social distancing dining.  These include a good wholesome British restaurant menu, and room service menu with style, an outdoor terrace menu and a substantial choice of make your own picnic menus to take on your explorations of the beautiful Cotswolds and surrounding countryside as per our new Cotswold Escape Package.

All we need now are our lovely guests to stay or visit and savour and enjoy the experiences we have to offer at the Kings Head Hotel.  We look forward to welcoming you soon!!

 

 

Posted: 15/06/2020 By: Cheryl Webber


Ultimate travel guide: Best bookshops in the Cotswolds

There’s nothing quite like walking through cobbled streets in the heart of the Cotswolds after enjoying a steaming pot of tea in a quaint corner café. This experience can only be complete by visiting a quintessentially British bookshop, independent in both its ownership and unique collection of novels. From local reads to national bestsellers, independent bookshops have a vast array of stories that attract a wide readership. If you’re planning to embark on a tranquil Cotswold getaway, keep reading so that you can discover some of the region’s most treasured bookshops.

Piles of books in a bookshop.

Octavia’s Bookshop, Cirencester

Nestled within Cirencester’s town centre, this bookshop is listed as one of the best bookshops in the Cotswolds. Known for its fantastic range of children’s books, this magical, brightly coloured book haven brings enjoyment to all its visitors. In addition to specialising in children’s literature, a vast range of adult’s books can be found – including bestselling novels. Octavia’s Bookshop also hosts an array of interactive activities and birthday parties – and sells bespoke gift vouchers.

 

Yellow-Lighted Bookshop, Tetbury

Built upon stacks of old-fashioned wooden shelves that hold an abundance of literary classics and bestselling novels, the Yellow-Lighted Bookshop in Tetbury is a true hidden gem that offers its visitors something really special. Featuring a range of genres, you’ll never be short of choice – and once you have found an intriguing novel, the cosy corner featuring a sofa and fairy lights provides the perfect setting to get lost in a gripping story. In addition to hosting literary events, the team take time to donate books to local schools, whilst working with them to create booklists for teachers and run book fairs.

 

Madhatter Bookshop, Burford

Located in the quaint Cotswold town of Burford, the Madhatter Bookshop truly is a wonderland of not only gripping novels, but also a unique array of hats - each of which has a story to tell. Staying true to the town it’s situated in, the Madhatter Bookshop proudly displays a wide range of books by local authors – something of a rare find in many national bookstores.

Young person lay on a sofa, with a coffee in one hand and an open book in the other.

Evergreen Livres, Stow-on-the-Wold

Nestled amongst narrow streets and true Cotswold stone, this cosy bookshop provides the perfect shelter for a rainy day. Offering a wide selection of second-hand and antique books that span an array of genres, you’ll not only explore your inner bookworm, but also have the opportunity to get your hands on some truly special finds. With accompanying indoor seating, there’s also chance to settle down and enjoy a good read.

 

Jaffé & Neale, Chipping Norton

Spanning over two floors, this popular bookshop features a wide range of titles – from bestselling children’s novels to fascinating adult’s books just waiting to be discovered. Perfect for exploring on a rainy afternoon, this bookshop also integrates a cosy café where visitors can enjoy an array of tasty treats.

 

Once you’ve had a gander around some of Cotswold’s best bookshops, why not come and visit us at Kings Head? Whether you join us for a spot of lunch, a cup of warming tea by the fire or decide to stay overnight with us in one of our cosy bedrooms, you’ll experience true Cotswold provenance in our designs and service. To find out more, please click here.

Posted: 12/03/2020 By: Cheryl Webber


How to plan the perfect baby shower

At Kings Head, we believe that every special occasion should be celebrated in style. Whether you’re an anticipating mum-to-be, or are the parent to a new born baby, there’s every reason to gather your friends and family in celebration of the new arrival.

 

Alternatively, if you’re the trusted friend of a mum-to-be, you might be thinking of surprising her with a baby shower. These usually take place around seven months into the pregnancy, since the mum-to-be is still comfortable enough to celebrate. It’s a good idea to start thinking about the party a few months in advance - make sure to keep these things in mind during the planning process:

 

Create a guest list & plan your budget

One of the first things you need to consider is the guest list. Having an idea of numbers will allow you to start planning the quantities of food, drink and other materials that you might need. Make sure to ask the mum-to-be beforehand who she would like to attend, and jot these down first, making them a priority. If it’s a surprise, try speaking to her close family members to get an idea of the people she’d definitely like you to invite.

 

At this stage, it’s also important to plan your budget, so you can gain an idea of the activities and venue that are realistically affordable for you.

 

Decorations: Buy or DIY?

Depending on your budget, chosen theme or timescale, you might decide to incorporate a combination of purchased and home-made decorations. If you allow enough time, and have enough helping hands available, then you could add some special touches to the event by making some bunting, posters, and even some games. You might even like to bake and decorate some cookies, or hand-make a hamper for the mum-to-be. Not only does this add a more personal touch to the event, but it can also help to save money.

 

Choose your theme and venue

Incorporating a fun theme adds something different to the usual baby shower. If you’re looking to indulge in afternoon tea, why not ask guests to participate in Alice In Wonderland-themed fancy dress?

 

When you’re deciding on the venue, try to opt for somewhere that allows you to be flexible – somewhere that has both an indoor and outdoor space, several function rooms to choose from and offers the services you need.

 

Make a robust plan

Although it’s a good idea to allow for a little flexibility during the event, you’ll be thankful that you created a robust plan beforehand. In addition to giving you peace of mind, an agenda will ensure that the day runs as smoothly as possible, allowing ample time for all of the activities you’ve planned.

 

Timings should, of course, feature in your plan - but you should also think about having a menu created, as well as detailed invitations that you can hand out to the guests.

 

Enlist the help of an events planner

Although planning a baby shower can feel like a huge responsibility, it shouldn’t be so stressful that you’re not enjoying the process. Enlisting the help of a professional events planner will ensure that the most fundamental aspects are being looked after, whilst you take care of the fun tasks. To find out more about our baby shower event offerings at Kings Head, click here.

Posted: 14/10/2019 By: Cheryl Webber


How to host a successful corporate away day

Corporate away days can provide a breath of fresh air to the typical working week. Serving to bring employees closer together, away days can help to improve personal relationships, boost team working abilities and improve overall productivity and motivation levels going forward. These skills are integral to promoting a good office culture, leading to happier employees and ultimately, reflecting positively on your business.

 

Effective corporate away days usually consist of a meeting to discuss future plans in a boardroom, followed by an afternoon of team building activities to inject some fun into the experience. At Kings Head, our event rooms are ideal for business meetings and conferences, with all of the necessary equipment provided. We also offer a range of activities; from spa experiences and wine experiences to polo and rally driving, there’s something to suit every delegate.

 

Establish a purpose

Before you book your corporate away day, take some time to think about why you’re making this decision. It could be that you’re looking to improve employee relationships, or that you want to encourage more creative input and contributions to a new project. When you’ve established the reasoning behind your away day, the planning process becomes easier. If you’re looking to inspire innovation for a new project, for example, you may want to have your employees engage in an activity in the morning, before spending the rest of the day in one of our function rooms to discuss ideas.

 

Decide on a budget

Trying to find a venue that will cater to all of your business needs without breaking the bank is not always an easy task. Make sure you have a set budget in mind, and think about the quality of entertainment and food that you would like. At Kings Head, our events team will work with you to create a corporate package that suits your budget and business needs.

 

Venue and location

You will, of course, need to find a venue that can offer opportunities for formal and informal meetings, in addition to fun activities. At Kings Head, our event rooms each provide a different atmosphere; from light, spacious rooms for large corporate meetings to more relaxed spaces with arched ceilings and exposed brickwork, there’s a room to suit all types of meeting.

 

It’s always a good idea to try and host your corporate away day in a quiet area that’s surrounded by countryside to encourage focus and stimulate the senses, whilst also being within easy reach of potential fun team building/bonding activities. At Kings Head, for example, we’re located close to the Cotswold Water Park – the ideal place for team building during the summer months.

 

Create an agenda

It’s a good idea to create a robust plan for the day well in advance, and distribute a copy of this around the office. This way, your employees will have plenty of time to prepare.

 

However you choose to plan your corporate away day, the positive effects they ultimately have on employees’ relationships and overall productivity levels are invaluable. To find out more about our business away day offering, please click here.

Posted: 05/07/2019 By: Cheryl Webber


Ultimate spa break in the Cotswolds

The stresses and responsibilities that come with everyday life can take their toll on our mental and physical health over time. We often forget to take care of ourselves and truly live in the moment, yet this is so important in order for us to be the best version of ourselves in all aspects of daily life. There’s nothing quite like a full spa experience to give your body and mind the rejuvenation is needs – and what better place to indulge in the ultimate spa day than in the tranquil Cotswolds?

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Posted: 27/06/2019 By: Cheryl Webber


Festive Shopping at the Vaulted Spa

At Kings Head, we have the perfect evening lined up for those of you who love to indulge in a bit of retail therapy. Join us at Kings Head for a relaxing twist on the usual shopping experience, where you’ll have the chance to purchase some of Decléor’s most luxurious products – the ideal way to prepare yourself for the festive season!

If you haven’t started your Christmas shopping yet, this is the evening for you. We’ll be hosting a special shopping event in our Vaulted Spa on Thursday 22nd November, where you’ll be able to browse Decléor’s exclusive new collection – the very brand our own therapists use. You’ll also receive a free gift if you spend £40!

Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted at our unique Vaulted Spa from 6pm, before indulging in a glass of bubbly and delicious nibbles. Whilst browsing the Decléor Christmas gift sets, you’ll have the chance to meet and greet experienced Decléor therapists, who will be available throughout the evening to give you advice on whatever it is you’d like to know – whether that be how to use your favourite products or how to give yourself an at-home spa treatment.

You’ll also be able to experience therapy demonstrations, from reflexology treatments to Decléor facials and Leighton Denny Manicures – as voted the ‘Best Manicure’ by Harper’s Bazaar! So, stick around to watch the experts so that you can find out how to give yourself the ultimate pamper.

In addition to all of these festive treats, you’ll receive up to 20% discount on our spa treatments if you book on the night. What better way to begin your Christmas?

Why not make a day of it and visit us for a relaxing spa treatment beforehand? From Swedish Body Massages and Aromatherapy Warm Stone Massages to Decléor Beauty Enhancing Facials, you’ll leave feeling truly relaxed and ready for an evening of shopping. See here for more details about our treatments.

Alternatively, to reserve your space on our exclusive evening, please call our Spa team on 01285 702902, or email spa@kingshead-hotel.co.uk.

Posted: 09/11/2018 By: Cheryl Webber


Have a Lie-in on Us

We all know what Sundays are for… lazy lie-ins and a hearty full English Breakfast. Here at Kings Head, we’re offering our guests a special treat – the ultimate Sunday lie-in perfect for cold winter mornings.

Upon arrival at the Kings Head, you’ll be treated to a delicious 3-course Sunday lunch featuring local, seasonal ingredients. Our menu offers sophisticated twists on traditional favourites, featuring fish and chips with tartare sauce and charred lemon, a beef roast with red wine jus and a sumptuous dark chocolate fondant. We’re also offering a range of unique dishes, such as salt baked beetroot and red pepper risotto – perfect for those who like to try new foods!

The rest of the day is for you to spend as you please – why not pay a visit to the spa and treat yourself to an indulgent massage or unwind in the Thermal Suite? From our special experience shower to our detoxifying steam room, saunarium and hot tub, you’ll be spoilt for choice – and leave feeling truly relaxed.

Why not head to our restaurant for a lavish evening meal? Our À la Carte menu features a range of delicious dishes to choose from. The bar and lounge is the perfect place for pre- or post-dinner drinks – whether that’s your favourite cocktail or a warming cup of coffee! Our comfortable and stylish furniture make this not only a place to enjoy a drink, but also a social hub – perfect for enjoying with your friends and family!

When you’re ready to settle down for the evening, you’ll retreat to one of our luxurious Classic Rooms. They combine luxury and comfort, making them the ideal bedroom for a relaxing weekend break.

After a peaceful night’s sleep, you can lie in for as long as you wish as late checkout isn’t until noon – this is the time to truly treat yourself! We’ll also provide you with a complimentary newspaper so that you can catch up on recent events. Following this, you’ll indulge in a full English Breakfast – what better way to end a relaxing getaway?

To find out more about our offer, please see here.

Posted: 02/11/2018 By: Cheryl Webber


Party the Night Away Underground

With Christmas and New Year’s Eve just two months away, party season is on the horizon. Here at Kings Head, we’re already beginning our preparations. We like to party all year round – which is why our unique underground music club runs events throughout the year for all of our guests to enjoy.

Our unique underground vaulted cellar has exposed brickwork and a statement arched ceiling that gives it true character, and is home to our popular cinema nights and comedy club. It’s also where we hold our live music performances, in which we collaborate with Glovebox Live to source musicians from all across the country.

On the 8th November 2018, Cornish trio William the Conqueror will be performing at our Vaulted Cellar – a well-known indie-rock band that have gained praise all over the country. After making their mark at AmericanaFest in Nashville, they signed a contract and subsequently performed at the UK Americana Awards 2017 alongside other artists, including Van Morrison and Richard Thompson.

We’ve previously had artists such as Nine Below Zero and Emily Barker perform in our music club, which were popular and provided great entertainment for our guests. This experience makes us a truly unique place to stay, and with dedicated staff on hand, you can be sure that you’ll be well looked after.

As well as our own events, the Vaulted Cellar can also be hired by our guests for private party hire – whether that’s for a birthday party or a venue to hold your Christmas gathering. Whatever you decide to use the Vaulted Cellar for, you can be guaranteed to have a lot of fun – we’ll provide disco lighting, as well as a dance floor that you and your friends can enjoy.

We’re also hosting our Festive dining parties in the Vaulted Cellar, where we’ll be serving up some delicious Christmas dishes for you and your friends to indulge in… all before celebrating the festive season on the dance floor!

For more information about reserving a ticket for our Underground Music Club night, please see here.

Posted: 29/10/2018 By: Cheryl Webber


See in the New Year with Us

Here at Kings Head, our dedicated staff are on hand to make sure that you celebrate your New Year’s Eve in style. Come and join us in our celebrations to wave goodbye to 2018, and welcome 2019 with open arms.

We love celebrating the New Year – so we’re offering some special treats for our guests. Upon arrival on New Year’s Eve, you’ll be welcomed with a delicious cocktail before indulging in a four-course dinner. Our menu features sumptuous yet unique dishes, ranging from pink grapefruit cured salmon and leek and potato cappuccino to a selection of sweet desserts.

Our Resident DJ will be joining in on the fun, providing you with non-stop entertainment all evening! As you dance away into midnight, you’ll be handed a complimentary glass of fizz to celebrate the beginning of 2019. The drinks don’t stop there – you’ll be able to order your favourite cocktails from the bar until 12.30am.

For those who would like to stay overnight with us, we have a New Year’s Eve Stay & Party package on offer. Your experience will begin at 3pm on New Year’s Eve, where you’ll be able to treat yourself with an afternoon tea or spa treatment to prepare for the night ahead. After getting dressed up, you’ll be welcomed into the evening event with a cocktail before being presented with a hearty four-course dinner. After you’ve seen in the new year, you’ll be able to relax in one of our luxurious bedrooms for the night. You won’t have to worry about waking up early on New Year’s Day, either – checkout is at midday, so you can enjoy a well-deserved lie-in as well as a delicious full English breakfast! To book on our special offer, please see here.

We’d love for you to join us this New Year’s Eve to celebrate the start of 2019. Our resident DJ and delicious food make this a truly special and unforgettable experience. To find out more about booking, please see here.

Posted: 19/10/2018 By: Cheryl Webber


Festive Dining in the Restaurant

The festive season is just around the corner, and we think it’s about time we brought you an exciting sneak peek of our festive dining experience! Here at the Kings Head, we love all things Christmas – and for this December we will be dotting decorations around the hotel whilst serving up a delicious three-course festive feast for our guests to enjoy, using aromatic, seasonal ingredients.

Whether you choose to dine with us for lunch or dinner, our dedicated staff will ensure that you’re surrounded by a truly festive atmosphere to get you in the mood for the Christmas holidays. We’re also offering our guests the chance to book early and receive an extra surprise - those who book and confirm their table for the restaurant before Friday 16th November 2018 will receive a complimentary glass of fizz on arrival.

For those who would like to enjoy a Christmas feast with a difference, our Wine Cellar and Panel Room are perfect for parties of 8 or more. You’ll be presented with options ranging from smoked mackerel and a roasted Norfolk turkey dinner to a traditional Christmas pudding; see here for the full sample menu.

Alternatively, for those looking to dine with a much larger group of guests, our Assembly Room has a capacity of 150, whilst the Vaulted Cellar holds up to 100. You and your friends can expect to be presented with a menu providing a variety of choices, including potato gnocchi with roasted butternut squash and slow braised pork belly.

If it’s just a Christmas feast you’re after, we’d love for you to join our festive celebrations – and remember to book early for that extra glass of fizz! For more information about the festive menus, please see here.

Posted: 15/10/2018 By: Cheryl Webber